Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
This tour pays particular attention to the daily life of people living in the early 1800s and gives the children the opportunity to handle and explore reproductions of everyday objects from the period. The children experience chores and pastimes of their early 19th century counterparts, are shown the difference between everyday games and special Sunday toys, and learn about the making of everyday objects from materials such as tin and iron.
After the house tour, the children can also view the outbuildings, including the Necessary House (privy) and the Springhouse, which was used for cold storage. The Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Orangery and Orchard also provide opportunities for students to understand the dependence of our forefathers on the ever-changing seasons.
This is a 1.5 hour program.
Hands-on Tour for 4th & 5th Graders
In this program, students learn about the political climate of the late 18th and early 19th century and explore what daily life was like for members of different social classes. The program includes hands-on activities that enable students to study reproductions of objects from the early 1800s, handle fleece and learn how to pick and card wool, and visit the Herb Garden to see plants grown for medicinal, culinary and fabric dying purposes. In addition to touring Boscobel House and the Herb Garden, students can explore the Orchard, Rose Garden and Woodland Trail.
This is a 2-hour program.
Loyalist/Patriot House Tour for 9th through 12th Grades
This is always a lively topic for discussion at the formerly loyalist-owned Boscobel! Students tour the house with a knowledgeable guide and learn about the political climate of Revolutionary War, American independence and the history of the late 18th and early 19th century. Particular attention is paid to how and why Loyalist and Patriot allegiances were represented in the furniture, decorative arts and the architecture of the day. The Herb Garden, Orchard, Rose Garden and Woodland Trail are open for exploration.
This is a 1-hour program.
$5 per student
One teacher or chaperone per 10 children is admitted free. The fee for each additional adult is $8.
Most tours can be adapted for different grade levels.